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Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
It was a blessed day ever seen before in my life. It was in the afternoon when everyone else had received money from GiveDirectly. With my inability to read messages, I couldn't realize the good news I had until my children came around. One of them went through my messages and she broke the good news to me. I was overwhelmed with joy knowing that I would be able to build a good house and forget the poor conditions in the old grass-thatched house I had lived in for quite so long.
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life since you started receiving payments from GiveDirectly.
The biggest difference in my daily life is that I currently shelter under a more presentable house. This would not have been possible had it not have been for GD. I had spent the much I could raise to bring up my family until my current old age when I am no longer able to actively engage in high paying farming and casual jobs to change my current living standards. When I received the money from GiveDirecytly, I spent the entire amount to construct a semi-permanent house. The weekly maintenance that my old, grass-thatched house needed was becoming too much for me thus I had lived in it under pathetic conditions. I feel so happy to have my new house, I enjoy the comfort of a warm house, I am no longer rained on and I am relaxed since I do not have to do a lot to maintain and repair it like before.
What did you spend your most recent transfer(s) on?
To me, receiving this money was a change in my living standards. I am old and unfortunately, I never had a good house that could sustain me the adverse weather conditions and the much longer I could live in. I invested my little resources in my children thus I was able to build a permanent house that could give me a comfortable stay at my current old age. When I received the cash transfers from GiveDirectly, I used the entire transfer to build a small semi permanent house. I feel lucky to have such and house that went out of my dreams and efforts. Thank you GiveDirectly.
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What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means a better shelter for my family.The motive behind this desire is the fact that I live in a single- roomed house. It is this very small structure that serves as bedroom and kitchen. Due to it's size it is very uncomfortable to live in since it gets extremely hot and smoky especially after cooking and my eyes are not sustaining a lot of smoke at my age. I intend to buy 20 pieces iron sheets at the cost of shillings 500 each and 30 pieces of roofing frames at shillings 300 each the remaining amount will pay labour for construction.
What is the happiest part of your day?
Morning is the happiest part of my day waking up healthy with my family and refreshed for the day's work gives me hope for a better day.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship I have faced is insufficient funds. My life is full of struggles and I can not meet my basic needs like food. This is what has cause me to lack even a good shelter. All this happened due to expense we incurred to pay medication for my husband when he was sick trying to rescue his life visiting different hospitals.The bill was becoming huge daily until we could not afford. It is unfortunate we lost him along the way.